High Notes, Vol 11 No 31, September 24 2010

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done indeed to the music department for mentoring eleven students to ENCORE nomination: Richard Bi, Jesse Chen, Vivian Le, Lee Ming, Guangzhi Niu, Allen Parameswaran, Michael Phung, Marcell Rosza, Michael Wong, Charles Wu, Ding Yan. I believe we have never had so many boys nominated before – another milestone for High !

GPS Athletics – historic results
Congratulations to Mr Devlin and the athletics team for a great GPS carnival. Amongst many impressive performances, the stand out was Anton Brokman’s gutsy double in the 400m and 800m championship under 15 events. Scott Renzenbrink won the U16 100m and was a close second in the 200m. Ivor Metcalf won the U15 championship hurdles and unselfishly helped the senior point score by competing in the U17 high jump where he finished 3rd – a top effort! Christopher Morrow won the open high jump, placed in the U17 hurdles and was third in the U 17 long jump. Harry Heo won the under 16 high jump. Despite carrying an injury, Frank Torok (Year 11) was second in both the 3000m and 1500m. Adam Booth (Year 10) scored for the senior team also with a second place in the open 3000m division. Lloyd Perris was placed in both 800 and 1500m U15. Josh Tassell ran a great second in the Open 100m. Max Kite placed second in the Open Shot Put. Jeremy Rajendram placed second in the Open Long Jump. Eugene Lee was second in the U14 800m division. Third places were won by: Edward Zhang (U15 100m & 200m), Kumudika Gunaratne (U16 hurdles), Lahiru Katupitiya (U15 400m), Dominic Mah (U14 hurdles) and Ling Tian (U 16 long jump). It was a proud day for High and 5th overall the best result since 1976! I hope High boys are inspired to keep their training going in sprint, and particularly when off season opportunities are offered in the technical disciplines of shot put, long jump and high jump.

Parent Mentors
There will be 213 new faces at High in 2011. We need to make their transition into our school as smooth as possible. For several years Charles Ovadia has headed up a team of volunteers who make a few phone calls to incoming parents to answer their questions about the school or explain some of our processes and programs. The mentoring is only for a limited time and would require little more than an hour or two altogether. Incoming parents have expressed their satisfaction with the program, commenting that the availability of a sympathetic resource person helped them feel more comfortable in the transition into High. If you can help, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Student Mentors
Students who join High after Year 7 have a more difficult time than Year 7 students because there are no formal programs like a camp and Peer Groups to help their transition. There are going to be thirty-three new arrivals in 2011. We are looking for volunteers to act as Peer Mentors for the incoming groups. I would like a volunteer from Year 7, 23 from Year 8, two from Year 9, six from Year 10 and one from Year 11. The task is not very onerous and does attract 5 Awards scheme points. You are asked to make phone contact with the incoming student and answer questions or provide information about school life. Ms Reemst coordinates the program. We try to match boys according to Year, address, sporting interests or co-curricular activities. It is better to have a big pool so the matches can be more effective. Please register with Ms Reemst if you can help. If you know someone who is coming in, even if he is not in your Year, please nominate to mentor him.

Year 12 Farewell
I would like to congratulate all the Year 12 boys, students and staff for the very enjoyable Year 12 Farewell Assembly this week. The tone of the assembly was joyful, encouraging, proud and respectful.

The speeches focussed on the positives of the school, its staff and its students, and expressed appreciation for all people associated with it. I am gratified to experience the change in assembly culture. It was also a sensational effort by Year 12 boys to collect over $19,000 for OASIS – a youth accommodation program run by the Salvation Army - on their end of year celebration day.

End of Term 3
Thank you to all staff for your hard work and dedication to the boys this term. All the preparation, delivery and marking do take their toll towards the end of term. All our major events were managed efficiently and punctually. Many achievements have been celebrated. With all of us working together to pursue excellence in many endeavours, I look forward to more success in the term ahead.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Two Libraries

From the Andrews Library

Mrs Michelle Dumonet, mother of Tigger in Year 9, was very thoughtful to bring in a number of lovely books.

Boys who enjoy reading the paper daily certainly benefit by way of a good knowledge of current affairs and improved writing skills, conceptualising skills and vocabulary. If boys want to read their own personal Sydney Morning Herald they can pick up one delivered daily to the Andrews Library. Ordering for next year begins right now! 12 months of daily Heralds cost $35 not including weekends and $45 including late delivered weekend papers. Boys/parents can order online using credit card payments. Please go to www.heraldeducation.com.au/hsc. Our school has a verbal agreement with the Herald that our students can all purchase as HSC students.


SENIOR AND JUNIOR NON FICTION – more from the Hakluyt Collection.
The Three Voyages of Edmond Halley in the Paramore; The Discovery of River Gambra by Richard Jobson 1623; T
he Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster 1772- 1775, Volume 111; Ditto
Volume 1, The Travels of Ibn Battuta ad1325-1354;
Voyages in Search of a Northwest Passage 1741-1747;
Newfoundland Discovered; Four Travel Journals – The Americas, Antarctica and Africa, 1775 – 1874;
Francois Valentijn’s Description of Ceylon; Prutky’s Travels to Ethiopa and Other Countries;
The voyage of George Vancouver 1791-1795 volume 11;
The Itinerario of Jeronimo Lobo;
Barbot on Guinea 1678-1712;
The Journal of Jean Francois de Galup de la Perouse 1785-1788;
Jerusalem Pilgrimage;
The Mission of Friar William of Rubruck;
Voyages in Search of a Northwest Passage – The Voyage of Christopher Middleton;
the Voyage of Semen Dezhnev.

What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

As we finish yet another school term and the school holidays entice us all with many fun and interesting things to do, the Senior library collection offers one excellent and enjoyable activity to occupy some of the spare time before us. Reading one or more of our excellent new books added to the collection is just such an activity to while away a relaxing hour or two. To tempt those who like to read or those who want to catch up on their wide reading and explore related material in their English studies, here are some recommendations: Short stories are great wide-reading material and some excellent ones are now available for loan from the McDonald Senior library.

David MaloufThe Complete Stories by David Malouf, one of Australia’s finest contemporary writers, is a compilation of his shorter works...and explores the desires, dreams and despair of young and “varied characters as they explore their place in the world and are always moving and universal.” (book blurb)

Best of the Best, Modern Australian Short Stories edited by Barry Oakley and containing 25 stories from many of our top writers such as Tim Winton, David Malouf, Thea Astley, Peter Carey, Peter Goldsworthy, Glenda Adams, Carmel Bird and many others. “These stories have been chosen as they explore the full range of experience...from innocence to awareness, passion to peace [and] desperation to determination...and [for] “their power to replace our world with theirs.” (book blurb)

The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories edited by Mary Lord – these stories are set in both cities and outback, the country and suburbia and explore the human condition from both sadness and loss to humorous aspects of existence and the “changing views of Australian writers [and writing].” ”

For those in Year 11 about to enter Year 12 you might like to read novels which explore Dystopias such as:

Vulture’s Gate by Kirsty Murray – set in a world of the future where girls are almost extinct and chaos rules. An enjoyable, action-packed adventure thriller “with a chilling social twist”!

And finally a story of one of the horrors of our world, Warchild: a boy soldier’s story by Emmanuel Jal - “[the] extraordinary and inspirational story of a boy soldier in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.” (blurb) Remember that those who read do better at school and people who read can also write better. So, what easier way is there to improve your results and at the same time enjoy the pleasures of literature and books of all kinds? Don’t forget to visit us and pick up one of our fantastic brand new titles!
Ms Gordon
T/L McDonald Senior Library

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line. .

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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School Student Transport Scheme - SSTS

School Student Code of Conduct –

Students travelling on buses must:-

  • Dip school bus pass or pay the fare when joining the bus. This is particularly important as the data collected from the on bus fare collection system may be used for service planning purposes
  • Use school specials when provided
  • Vacate seats for adults when requested
  • Follow the driver’s instructions about safety on the bus
  • Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers
  • Behave appropriately at all times (e.g. no offensive language, no throwing things)
  • Protect bus property (e.g. no vandalism)

Students are reminded to:-

  • Only use the school bus pass for its intended purpose i.e. for travel between home and school (does not include travel to and from sporting activities)
  • Maintain possession of the school bus pass at all times.

During 2010, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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Lost Property

Parents, we have a large amount of school clothing and non school items in the Lost Property which is located in the McDonald Wing Office these include the following;

Trousers, jumpers, shirts, caps, PE clothing and shoes, sports gear, pencil cases.
Non – school items - jumpers, umbrellas, glasses and a number of keys.

Note: Has your son purchased an Item of school clothing and not brought it home? We have an item here in Lost Property that still has the price tag on it, if you think it might be your son’s please make your inquiries to the school office.

All of the school clothing that isn’t collected by the end of each term is donated to the school High Store. Non- school items are sent off to charity.
Thank You

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Sydney High School Rowing Committee


Saturday 25th September 2010 at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford

All parents … if there is one morning you should attend it is this one. Come along and get informed!

High Rowing is not only about boys on the water, it relies on parents being involved.

Feeding our boys as they come off the water on Saturdays and providing nutritious meals and care when they are in camp at the sheds are responsibilities that rowing parents need to share.


9.00am - Junior rowing parents orientation and tour of the sheds
10.30am – Year 10 and Senior parents outline of rowing camps & first aid course



  • The season calendar with important dates identified
  • Outline of what’s expected of the boys and how parents can contribute
  • Outline of camp duties for senior parents
  • Discussion of camp menus – suggestions welcome
  • Outline of Saturday BBQ duties for junior parents
  • Who’s who? Meet the MIC, Coaches, Old Boys and Committee
  • First Aid course for Senior parents with Dr Charles Ovadia

Anita Bezjak
President SHS Rowing Committee

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GPS Athletics Finals

On the cold, bright morning of September 18th, Sydney High contested the 115th AAGPS Athletics Championships at Homebush. The early arrival of the athletes and the crowd set the stage for an enormous day. Even before the events commenced, the atmosphere dictated that Sydney High had come to play and were fierce competitors this year. The energy and vibrance of the athletes was paid back immediately by Jeremy Rajendram (2nd in opens long jump, 6.12m) and Chris Morrow (3rd in 17s long jump, 6.40m). This continued with the performances in the 800m races – I did not see a single boy run below his potential on the day, although William did get over-excited in the 13s and go out slightly too hard. I would like to mention all of the performances, but I have to pick the very pinnacle because there were so many brilliant finishes. Eugene Lee came 2nd in 14s division 800m (2:09) and Anton Brokman (2:03.7) won the championship race – this has NEVER happened in my time here. We have never received so many points in a championship/division split event, let alone in the 800m! Thanks must go to the runners of the senior 800m races – they came in underdone and surprised to run, but gave their all.

Harry Heo snatched 1st place in the 16s high jump in 1.78m, jumping up an age group, and Max Kite came 2nd in the opens shotput by a mere 15cm, throwing 14.09m. The hurdlers were brilliant - Leonard Mah was 4th in the 13s (15.17); his brother Dominic finishing 3rd in the 14s (13.52). Ivor Metcalf won the 15s 100m hurdles (13.75) and Kumudika Gunaratne ran a sizzling personal best of 14.67 to come 3rd in championship. Ben Li (16.50) missed out by 0.03 seconds on 2nd place in the 17s division, coming 4th. Chris Morrow’s loping gait blitzed the field for 3rd (15.55) in the 17s championship. Ivor then backed up to jump up two age groups in the 17s high jump to finish 3rd in a gigantic leap of 1.90m. Chris Morrow’s hard work was rewarded with our first medal for years in the opens high jump in 1.95m. The newly instated ‘burger promise’ provided ample reward for Anthony Chen (4th in 13s, 25.79), Terence Pham (3rd in 14s, 24.86) and Edward Zhang (3rd in 15s, 24.15). Scott Renzenbrink ran up an age group to the 17s where he finished 2nd in a smoking school record of 22.60. Tian Ling surprised us all with 3rd in the 16s long jump (5.88m). Lloyd once again proved formidable in the 1500m, finishing 2nd in 4:28.

The 3000m race was led for most of the way by our own Frank Torok, competing bravely with injury, ending with 2nd place (8:54) to the Shore competitor. Adam Booth ran a personal best time of 9:34 to finish 2nd in the division 3000m race. The burger promise spurred Anthony (4th in 12.64), Terence (5th in 12.22) and Edward (3rd in 11.63 - behind two record-breakers) to new heights. Scott’s win in the 16s (11.28) was almost a record breaker, as I made a comeback from injury to finish a surprising 2nd in the opens 100m championship in 11.36. The 4x400m relays saw an incredible run from Gareth Deacon (crossing the line in 51 seconds), although we didn’t perform as well as we would have liked. Anton Brokman completed a huge day for himself by winning the 14s 400m in a time of 54.12 as Lahiru Katupitiya came from nowhere to finish 3rd in the 15s 400m (54.70). Frank returned for 3rd in the opens 1500m in 4:17. The juniors finished 7th overall, a mere 1.5 points behind Sydney Grammar, whilst the seniors recorded their best result since 1976, coming 5th, only 13 points behind Shore. I would really like to congratulate all the competitors on the day – there was a sense of victory in everyone’s efforts. We all felt as if we had accomplished something truly amazing. We demanded respect. The crowd was the best I’ve seen in my time at Sydney High, cheering on each and every athlete, overflowing into other schools seating, and belting the school song out at the top of our lungs after the awards had been given out.

The atmosphere of the day was mind blowing, and there was a true feeling that this effort was not a one-off. These results can be emulated next year and probably even surpassed. Each and every boy who had trained before and during the season should be ecstatic with themselves, because I feel exceptionally proud to have captained a squad of people who have developed and matured as individuals. I would also like to thank the prefect helpers on the day, as well as the parents and adults who assisted - Mr Creer, Ms Moss, Mr Fong, Mr Garayalde, Ms Ovadia. Your efforts ensured that the day was successful and ran smoothly. Thank you all for what has been a fantastic season to cap off a brilliant seven years.
Joshua Tassell
Captain of Athletics 2010

Age Group Event Competitor's name Placing
OP 100m Championship Joshua Tassell 2
OP 100m Division Jeremy Rajendram 5
OP 100m Relay Jeremy Rajendram/Scott Renzenbrink/Tony Xiao/Josh Tassell DQ
OP 110m Hurdles Championship Guo Austyn 6
OP 110m Hurdles Division Maximillian Kite / George Denny-Smith 5
OP 1500m Championship Frank Torok          3
OP 200 m Championship Jeremy Rajendram 5
OP 3000 m Championship Frank Torok / Adam Booth 2/2
OP 400 m Championship Joshua Tassell 8
OP 800m Championship Vincent Ye 8
OP 800m Divison Oscar Lee 8
OP High Jump Christopher Morrow 1
OP Long Jump Jeremy Rajendram 2
OP Shot Put Maximillian Kite,  George Denny-Smith 2/5
J 4 x 400 Relay Andrew Fong 7
17 100m Championship Brian Kelly 5
17 100m Division Anosh Kanagaratnam 4
17 100m Relay Gianni Wong-Romeo/Anosh Kanagaratnam/Andrew Fong/Brian Kelly DQ
17 110m Hurdles Championship Christopher Morrow 3
17 110m Hurdles Division Benjamin Li          5
17 1500m Championship Sam Lane 5
17 200 m Championship Scott  Renzenbrink 2
17 400 m Championship Anosh Kanagaratnam 5
17 800m Championship Lucas Fang 9
17 800m Divison Tejas Iyer 8
17 High Jump Ivor Metcalf 3
17 Long Jump Christopher Morrow 3
17 Shot Put Eric Ovadia /  Iftiar Khan 9/8
16 100m Championship Scott Renzenbrink 1
16 100m Division Andrew Fong 5
16 100m Hurdles Championship Kumudika Gunaratne 3
16 100m Hurdles Division Jesse Moffat         5
16 100m Relay Dhruv Guptaa/Max Song/Michael Phung/Tian Ling 7
16 1500m Championship Adam Booth 4
16 200 m Championship Andrew Fong 6
16 400 m Championship Gabriel Garayalde 8
16 800m Championship Pasan Pannila 8
16 800m Divison Siddarth Sethi 8
16 High Jump Heo Harry 1
16 Long Jump Tian Ling 3
16 Shot Put Denny Chandra / David Nguyen      4/6
15 100m Championship Edward Zhang 3
15 100m Division Oliver  Meroni 7
15 100m Hurdles Championship Ivor Metcalf 1
15 100m Hurdles Division Patrick Krakovsky 5
15 100m Relay Ming Chin/Oliver Meroni/Eamon Kelly/Edward Zhang DQ
15 1500m Championship Lloyd Perris 3
15 200 m Championship Edward Zhang     3
15 400 m Championship Lahiru Katupitiya 3
15 800m Championship Lloyd Perris          3
15 800m Divison Ned Anson 7
15 High Jump Patrick Krakovsky 9
15 Long Jump Harry Heo 9
15 Shot Put Eamon Kelly / Allen Fu       5/4
14 100m Championship Terrence Pham 5
14 100m Division Maurice Lam 5
14 100m Relay Vasu Bhakri/Maurice Lam/Hayden Lam/Terrence Pham 4
14 1500m Championship Ned Anson            6
14 200 m Championship Terrence Pham    3
14 400 m Championship Anton Brokman 1
14 800m Championship Anton Brokman 1
14 800m Divison Eugene Lee 2
14 90m Hurdles Championship Dominic Mah 3
14 90m Hurdles Divison Anton Brokman    7
14 High Jump Terrence Pham 8
14 Long Jump Byron Chen 7
14 Shot Put Anton Brokman / Steve Comninos 8/6
13 100m Championship Anthony Chen      4
13 100m Division Leonard Mah        7
13 100m Relay Leonard Mah/Joshua Leo/Anthony Yuan/Anthony Chen 7
13 1500m Championship Luke Hoad 7
13 200 m Championship Anthony Chen 4
13 400 m Championship Tinker James 8
13 800m Championship Joshua Leo 5
13 800m Divison William Du            9
13 90m Hurdles Championship Leonard Mah 7
13 90m Hurdles Divison Carl Yang 8
13 High Jump Henry Feng NH
13 Long Jump Wu William 8
13 Shot Put RexYi / Anthony Chen        7/7
S 4 x 400 Relay   8
J 4 x 400 Relay   7
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CHS Athletics Report

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September, several boys headed down to Homebush to compete in the CHS Athletics Championships. All boys performed admirably, giving it their all at a very competitive and tough carnival. Special congratulations must go to Ivor Metcalf (Year 9) who won Gold in the 100m Hurdles and High Hump and Silver in the 200m Hurdles, Christopher Morrow (Year 11), who won bronze in both the Opens 110m Hurdles and the High Jump, Anton Brokman (Year 10), who won Silver in both the 400m and 800m and Max Kite, who took out a Silver in the Opens Shot Put. These impressive results are a testament to the depth in our athletics program – despite several injury setbacks we have still had a successful season.
Brian Kelly
Vice-Captain Athletics

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